How Long Can You Go without an Oil Change?

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An oil change is a crucial part of car maintenance. By regularly removing the oil in your car, you remove any debris which may hurt the engine. However, how often you need an oil change seems to be up for debate among mechanics and car manufacturers.

Car Mechanic Recommendations

Auto shops recommend oil changes every 3000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first. This allows the car’s oil to be as clean as possible for optimal performance. In addition, this allows the mechanic to check the car regularly for other problems. Car owners are often reminded of these appointments with a sticker on their window when they leave the shop.

Car Manufacturer Recommendations

Your owner's manual is the most reliable source of information on how often you should change the oil. These recommendations depend on how often you drive and in which conditions. For example, those who drive hundreds of miles a day might need to have an oil change every 3000 miles, while those who drive less may have their oil changed every 6000 miles.

A safe general standard is to have your oil changd every 3000 miles, though if you’re driving less, you can safely wait a little longer.